Q&A With Taylor Mueller
Senior captain Taylor Mueller (Sammamish, Wash.) has been outstanding for the Huskies in the back for three years, and now during his season senior, has led the Dawgs to a 3-1-1 record entering tonight's match with state-rival Gonzaga. Mueller sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.
Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours?
Taylor Mueller: "I can't stand bad drivers."
GH: What is your pre-game superstition?
TM: "Just listening to certain music before we head out."
GH: What is the best present you have ever received?
TM: "My car."
GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why? TM: "Either Stephen Fung because he's an island boy or Tyler Klein because he's a natural handy-man."
GH: What's your favorite board game?
TM: "Apples to Apples."
GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?
TM: "It's a game that you can have fun with for a whole life time and that is expressed in large populations world-wide. The sport is followed by such a strong positive fan base that where ever you go in the world soccer is known (hence the world's sport)."
GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?
TM: "Wayne Rooney (Man United) or Puyol (Barcelona) because both are athletes that are very resilient and hard working. It would be very good for me to see and experience firsthand how they train to get at their skill level."
GH What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?
TM: My parents always taught me to do things properly and not with half effort. In other words put full effort into every element of my life."
GH: What don't people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know?
TM: "I have two older sisters and if it wasn't for them playing soccer in their youth then I probably wouldn't have played soccer so much at my young age (they're 9 and 10 years older)."
GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?
TM: "That the sport requires more patience than I imagined."
GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?
TM: "Tireless perseverance."
GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?
TM: "Getting back to the playoffs and a Pac-10 Championship trophy."
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